Google’s DeepStereo makes Street View ‘tourism’ more realistic


Who here uses Street View to do some virtual traveling? It’s not a shabby option if you want to look at places you might never visit within your lifetime, but Google thinks there’s still a better way to simulate real-world tours. A team of the company’s researchers has developed a technique that uses Google’s experimental machine vision algorithm called DeepStereo to transform Street View panoramas into seamless virtual tours. See, Street View photos don’t usually capture every detail of a location — there are always a few frames missing in order to construct convincing digital reproductions of places like museums and houses. DeepStereo can synthesize those missing frames based on the ones that go before and after them, giving Google the ability to create realistic virtual tours.

In order to “train” DeepStero, the team had to feed the algorithm with images captured out of a moving vehicle; after that, it…

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